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The Arctic Museum Aarvak

Welcome to Ishavsmuseet at Brandal Here you will find local and national sealing history and polar history throughout the last 100 years. Ishavsmuseet Ishavsmuseet specializes in polar history, mainly focused on Norwegian sealing and winter hunting, the Arctic sea, the courageous crew, ships that went down and sometimes large lutes. The men, who earned their living from the sealing and winter hunting, surrounded by snow and cold weather, lived in merciless nature. Here, at the Arctic museum, the story is told – And you can see and read about the one of the most dangerous professions, that sometimes could be result of a prominent earning. Join us, on a journey through the ages, through our three-storeyed exhibitions, and the house of Aarvak. Embark the wooden seal hunting vessel was built in 1912. It is the oldest preserved wooden ship custom built for sealing. The Arctic museum carries on the rich traditions that were so important for the people, the coastline and the country. Ships of wood, crew made of iron! Sealing was committed from several places in the northern Norway. The people located in Sunnmøre, started sealing in 1898. They introduced bigger and stronger vessel, which laid the foundation for modern sealing in Norway. The good years were prominent, especially around World War 1, with an increasing demand after seal and whale products. There were endowed 203 vessels for sealing in 1919. It was a dangerous occupation. The ships that went down, were many; two of three vessels went down. In 1928 eleven vessels went down during twenty-four hours in the White Sea. In the years 1924 – 1939, 115 Norwegian hunting vessels went down. In 1917, seven vessels and a total of 84 crew members disappeared without a trace, and in 1952, five ships, and a total of 79 men went missing. The Arctic Ship «Aarvak» «Aarvak» was built in Bergen in 1912, one of the first custom made vessels for sealing. Today, this is the only vessel preserved from this era. «Aarvak» was in continuous service from 1912 until its last sealing trip, which was in 1981. Ishavsmuseet Aarvak (The Arctic Museum) took over the responsibility for the vessel the same year, and it soon became the foundation of the museum. «Arvaak» was set ashore in 1998, at the museum. It was built a protection building of the vessel which was completed in 2009. Welcome to explore the vessel «Aarvak»!

Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè

Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè is a modern summerfarm where we keep our goats in the summer. We also have sheep and horses.The goats give milk to the traditional white and brown goatcheese we make at the summerfarm. Here you can meet the goats, we can show you around at the summerfarm and tell you about the traditional cheesemaking and the daily living at the summerfarm. At our outdoor Cafè we serve a taste of the cheese we make, coffee/tea and organic applejuice from the farm. We also serve prebooked lunch. Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè is open from 1.july – 30.august The hike from Skjerdal  to Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè takes about 30 minutes and is suitable for all ages. But, the last hill is fairly steap and very hard for bad knees. Parking in Skjerdal The farm Skjerdal is at the end of the road 242 and here you can park your car at the visitorparking by the side of the road.   Hiking in Skjerdal The hike from Skjerdal to Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafè is about 1,6 km ( ca 30 min) but you can also continue up in the valley to «Fjellstølen» or the top of the mountains Skulenosi, Leimsnosi or Blåskavlen.   Other alternativs: 1.  Book a guided tour to Skjerdal with Fjordsafari in Flåm and get a whole day experience of the fjord and the summerfarm, included lunch with ataste of all our cheeses.  2. Bicycle to Skjerdal ; ca 6 km from Aurland , park your bike in Skjerdal and then hike up to the summerfarm. 3. Kayak to Skjerdal Kai and hike all the way from the fjord up to Skjerdal Stølsysteri and Cafe, ca 1,5 hours.

Exhibition - The Runde treasure, bird mountain and "The Silver of the Sea"

The Runde Environmental Centre exhibition is open daily throughout the summer season, and at announced arrangments. Groups (min. 20 people) can book visits throughout the year. The bird exhibition: This part of the exhibition shows the interaction in nature, between birds, fish and ocean currents. The exhibition is tailored for Runde Environmental Centre visitors, and even includes a model of a bird cliff. In addition to representative bird cliff species, visitos will be able to see an otter, a seal and the prepared skeletton of a Risso`s dolphion which drifted ashore at Runde dureing the spring of 2013. The Runde treasure - Norway's largest coin discovery: For nearly 40 years, the historical culture material and a large part of the coins from the treasure discovery at Runde have been stored at the Bergen Sjøfartsmuseum (Maritime Museum). The 6th of January 2011, the treasure was transported back to Runde! The coins and other objects from the Runde treasure are important elements, in addition to a model of the ship Akerendam, built by Robert Pareliussen. The history: On the 19th of January 1725, the ship Akerendam set out from the island Texel in the Netherlands, accompanied by two sister ships. The cargo was 19 chests of gold and silver coins, and the target was Batavia. During a storm in the North Sea, the Akerendam is lost from the group and is wrecked at the northern peak of the island Runde. Akerendam belonged to the Dutch company Vereinigte Oostindische Compagnie, which was operating a large scale trade industry with the East. From the East, the boats returned with spices and other sought after goods sold all thoughout Europe. Akerendam was built in 1724 and was 145 feet long, with a crew of 200 men. In the morning on the 8th of March 1725, the inhabitants of the farm Goksøyr at Runde find wreck parts washed ashore the beach from the storm. Accidentally, an assembly is held nearby, and the county governor Erik Must gets the message of the discovery. He sends his representatives to Runde to investigate the area. The following days and weeks, both lost people and wreck parts were found in a large area. 19th of March, a public auction, following the laws and terms of the time, was held of the wreck goods, among others barrel sticks, canvas, iron bands and one or several 50-litre barrels of French wine. All the approximately 200 people on board the Akerendam lost their lives in the shipwreck. The treasure was discovered on the 6th of July 1972 by the three sports divers Bengt-Olof Gustafsson, Stefan Persson and Eystein Krohn-Dale. They found nearly 57 000 coins, whereof 6624 golden coins and the remaining in silver. The year after, the location was examined by Bergen Sjøfartsmuseum (Maritime Museum). More than 400 different coin types were found. The Silver of the Sea: Visitors will also be able to watch the spectacular documentary film The Silver of the Sea, which takes you on an exciting journey into the ocean right outside the centre, as well as up to the bird cliffs. This film fascinates viewers of all ages.